church growth is sexy

church growth sheep cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
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When I pastored a local congregation I was well aware of the fact that most often the visitors were disaffected members from other churches. We created our own disaffected members as well that went elsewhere. It’s an elaborate exchange program. Or, in keeping with the analogy, swapping program. A real swinging time!

Once a whole bunch of people left our church and started their own. Others left and populated other churches. One church got so many of our members that they actually asked if they could have our chairs as well. Isn’t that funny? Then once in a while a whole influx of people would come to our church all at once from another one. I always knew it was only a matter of time before they would all, every last one of them, move on.

It’s like sex that attempts to quench a deeper desire. There’s a deeper hunger that no church could ever satisfy. We should all just admit that and quit pretending to possess and offer this inapproachable “It”.

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  • Part of me wonders if STD spread can’t be tracked through church movements.

  • Adam Julians

    From that picture I’m wondering what happend in church on a Sunday in the one youhave pastored David! Not the kind of church I am used to *wink*

  • Funny… I helped start a church once that was on a fast growth curve… how exciting… then you start to notice that it really is just a big game of musical members.

  • haha yep. that’s good: “musical members”.

  • Carol

    I have noticed that many of the people who claim to be “converts” are actually proselytes.

    After 40+years I have met less than 10 actual converts to the Christian faith and those of us who are converts from secularism or another religion usually supplement our spiritual formation from other religious Traditions.

    Buddhism is especially compatible with Christianity since it is more of a spiritual practice than a belief system as are the mystical traditions in most Religions where faith is more intutive than dogmatic.

  • The chairs! That is funny!!